Former US president George W. Bush will attend the inauguration of Joe Biden and Kamala Harris in Washington on Jan.20. File/AFP
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Republican former president George W. Bush will attend Democrats President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris’s inauguration ceremony in Washington on Jan.20, his chief of staff said on Tuesday.
According to Bush's chief of staff Bush and former first lady Laura Bush will attend the ceremony.
“President and Mrs. Bush look forward to returning to the Capitol for the swearing in of President Biden and Vice President Harris,” Freddy Ford tweeted.
"I believe this will be the eighth inauguration they've had the privilege of attending — President Trump's being the most recent — and witnessing the peaceful transfer of power is a hallmark of our democracy that never gets old," the statement said.
“Witnessing the peaceful transfer of power is a hallmark of our democracy that never gets old,” he added, in a seeming jab at President Donald Trump who refuses to concede defeat and has not confirmed if he will attend Biden’s inauguration.
US President Donald Trump gestures during a meeting.
The statement from Bush, the only living former Republican president, came during a week of high political tensions in the United States, with Trump desperately scheming to reverse his election loss.
On Wednesday, Vice President Mike Pence is to preside over a joint session of Congress to certify the Electoral College vote that confirmed Biden as the winner of the White House.
Trump is planning to address a rally called in protest at the certification, and he urged Pence to “reject fraudulently chosen electors” — a move the vice president has no legal authority to make.
Bush called Biden on Nov.8, the day after US media called the election for the Democrat, to offer his “warm congratulations.”
At the time he said Biden was “a good man, who has won his opportunity to lead and unify our country.”
“The American people can have confidence that this election was fundamentally fair, its integrity will be upheld, and its outcome is clear,” he added in a statement then.
Biden’s first day is expected to be packed, with aides saying recently he would sign perhaps a dozen executive orders that could address the pandemic, the ailing US economy, climate change and racial injustice in America.
The buzz in social media circles says wearing the traditional Indian attire could send a key message about how the new administration seeks to present minorities.
Security arrangements for President Joe Biden’s inauguration mirrored the swearing in ceremonies of President Abraham Lincoln in 1861, when the US was on the brink of civil war, and 1865,
The Kremlin is expected to move immediately to absorb the regions once the voting is over, with President Vlaidmir Putin expected to declare their incorporation into Russia later this week.
Interior Minister Rana Sanaullah said earlier that Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif has ordered an investigation into the audio leaks allegedly from PM House that features government officials.
Blinken's comments came after India's defence and foreign ministers opposed a US decision to provide a support package of about $450 million for Pakistan's fleet of US-made F-16 fighter jets.
The ceremony started at 2:00 p.m. (0500 GMT), with Abe's ashes carried into the Nippon Budokan Hall in central Tokyo by his widow, Akie, to music from a military band and the booms of the honour-guard salute, which echoed inside the hall.